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Council to reconsider 979-home Elephant & Castle scheme rejection

Council to reconsider 979-home Elephant & Castle scheme rejection

Southwark Council's planning committee's vote against a motion to approve the application for a 979-home mixed-use regeneration of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre will be considered again at a meeting later this month, with the possibility that the decision could be reversed if the developer returns to the committee with changes to the application.

765-home high-density Reading retail park redevelopment approved

765-home high-density Reading retail park redevelopment approved

Plans have been approved for the high-density redevelopment of a 2.8-hectare retail park near Reading train station for 765 homes, after planners accepted a cut in overall affordable housing provision to provide more units for rent.

MP introduces bill to strengthen planning protections for music venues

MP introduces bill to strengthen planning protections for music venues

A bill intended to introduce a planning principle to protect night-time music venues has been introduced to Parliament.

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Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

Gathering extensive data was vital in setting a policy to improve public health in an inner London borough. David Dewar reports.

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

A commitment in the Queen's Speech to push forward with a roll-out of driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, could have huge implications for planners and place-making, according to experts.


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